God's True Plan of Salvation
By The Late Apostle Bishop Randolph Goodwin
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My dear readers, there is but one plan of salvation handed down from God to the
human family and this plan is recorded in the Bible which is the word of God.
Now let us go to the Bible in St. John 7:37-38. In the last day, that great day of the
feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, "if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and
drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water." But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe
on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus
was not yet glorified.
Now then, if we are to believe on Jesus as the scripture
hath said in order to obtain God's True Plan of Salvation, then we must get it like
the Bible says.
Now let us look at the Bible again in St John 3:1-7. When a ruler
of the Jews approached Jesus, here's what he said. Jesus answered and said unto
him, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God". Nicodemus replied,
"How can a man be born when he is old?" "Can he enter the second time into his mother's
womb, and be born?"
Now dear reader, you can see here very plainly that the carnal
mind was taking this man backward, because he was leaning to his own understanding.
Now we can see here from this scripture one cannot get the knowledge of God by using
his own understanding. Nicodemus was far off from what Jesus meant, using his own
understanding concerning the New Birth. The carnal mind took him back to his mother's
Notice what Jesus told him in St. John 3:5-6. Jesus answered, "Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter
the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is Spirit." Verse 7 "Marvel not that I said unto thee; ye must
be born again."
Now let us look at the Bible again, after Jesus was risen from the
dead in St. John 20:22, he breathed on the disciples and said unto them, "Receive
ye the Holy Ghost."
Now he had already baptized them in water, see John 3:22. After
these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea and there he tarried
with them and baptized. Now we can see here, dear reader, that the New Birth consists
of Water and Spirit.
Now Jesus spoke to the Apostles the things pertaining to the
Kingdom of God in Acts 1:3, and he told them to tarry until they be endued with
power from on high, Luke 24:49. He also had opened their understanding that they
might understand the scriptures, Luke 24:45.
He also told them that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at
Jerusalem, Luke 24:47.
Now let us notice how they obeyed him in Acts 1:12-14, all
the apostles, Mary the mother of Jesus, and the women with his brethren. In Acts
2:1-4, notice here how they received or were filled with the Holy Ghost and began
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